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Police link 2 juveniles in Prep vandalism

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Police held two juveniles Thursday morning in connection with a vandalism incident at Augusta Preparatory Day School last weekend.

Two juveniles arrive at the Columbia County Courthouse for a hearing before juvenile court judge Douglas Flanagan. The youths are accused of vandalizing the middle school at Augusta Prep.  Jim Blaylock/ Staff
Jim Blaylock/ Staff
Two juveniles arrive at the Columbia County Courthouse for a hearing before juvenile court judge Douglas Flanagan. The youths are accused of vandalizing the middle school at Augusta Prep.


The boys, one from Martinez, 12, and one of Hephzibah, 14, were charged with burglary, a felony, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. He would not identifiy the boys, citing their ages. He said it was their first offense.

"A third (juvenile) is expected to be charged," Morris said.

Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan granted each of the boys a $10,000 bond at a morning preliminary hearing. They will be detained in the Regional Youth Detention Center until they post bond.

Police say that the three boys likely used an unlatched door to get inside the middle school building at the school on Flowing Wells Road in Martinez.

They dispersed fire extinguishers in the building's hallways and classrooms, including a technology lab classroom, and targeted computers, Rebecca Blair, the school's chief financial officer, has said.

The vandals also tossed red paint on a flag in classroom, ransacked and threw eggs around a teachers' lounge and ate candy, chips and other junk food throughout the building.

If the numerous computers damaged are not repairable, the damage could exceed $50,000, Morris said.

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veggie-d
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veggie-d 06/25/10 - 11:30 am
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make'm pay tuition at the

make'm pay tuition at the school for 3 yrs. each...and DENY them enrollment! bet their parents would keep a REAL close eye on'em after that!

CarlosC
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CarlosC 06/25/10 - 11:34 am
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I have not noticed any

I have not noticed any mention that they are/were students there. Did I miss something? Why should they pay tuition?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 06/25/10 - 11:47 am
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sue the parents obtain a

sue the parents obtain a judgement, make them pay or file bankruptcy, then when the children turn 18 file suit against them and get a judgement agaist them and make them pay or file bankruptcy

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/10 - 11:51 am
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Are those blue T-shirts the

Are those blue T-shirts the official shirt of Augusta Prep?

grinder48
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grinder48 06/25/10 - 12:26 pm
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if they're guilty they need
Unpublished

if they're guilty they need to be made to pay the cost of the damages and punished to let them know can't be doing things like that but - if they don't have a history of troublemaking - need to not be overly harsh because, after all, they're just stupid adolescents who did something like many stupid kids do and if this is handled right they may turn into productive citizens, if not, they could turn down a long negative road.

Chillen
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Chillen 06/25/10 - 12:39 pm
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grinder I don't know, I was a

grinder I don't know, I was a stupid kid too but I never destroyed property. We played silly pranks - like putting baby clothes on statues & stuff like that, hoping a picture would make it into the newspaper. But in the end I knew right from wrong, even though my mind was young.

These kids are already on the seriously wrong path, they need a wake up call. And so do their parents. What kind of parent doesn't know where their 12 year old is? 16 or 17, I can see a parent not knowing but 12? Really?

Hopefully there are some very scary 15 & 16 year olds in the detention center with them. Maybe, just maybe this will change these boys lives for the better (assuming there are good parents behind them, which looks doubtful).

Nightwing
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Nightwing 06/25/10 - 12:43 pm
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That is the problem

That is the problem grinder48, we are not tough enough on the first time offenders. They should be punished appropriately, made to do some work on repairing, cleaning the damage done and spend the summer, or longer if need be at YDC. These "kids" should not be released back to their parents until full restitution is made.

fish2
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fish2 06/25/10 - 12:58 pm
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If they have no past records

If they have no past records and want to make a change, both must pay for all damages and should work every summer for the police department untill graduating from High School.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/25/10 - 01:16 pm
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Somewhere else I read these

Somewhere else I read these were not Prep kids. Make them pay for it all and scrub things clean themselves -- especially the American flag they defaced.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/25/10 - 03:32 pm
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I'm for returning to the

I'm for returning to the liberal and public use of stocks, and caning. Having to sit in stocks all day for several days running would be a real wake-up call, to say nothing of what a good public caning would do for their attitudes.

They'd be begging to clean up the mess and replace what they destroyed.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/25/10 - 05:04 pm
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Little punks need to be sent

Little punks need to be sent to boot camp, strolled around their schools, neighborhoods, mall, wherever wearing signs that say I am a criminal and have no respect for myself nor anyone else, don't be a loser like me. And they should have to pay back every penny with hard labor. Little punks.

momma mia
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momma mia 06/25/10 - 05:34 pm
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No, these are NOT Prep

No, these are NOT Prep students. Prep students would know better than to destroy property that isn't theirs and to act in such a disrespectful manner. These kids need to be held completely accountable for what they did including paying back the costs for all the damage they caused.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/25/10 - 05:55 pm
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lol, yeah ok

lol, yeah ok

angeleyes
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angeleyes 06/25/10 - 07:29 pm
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Again I think the parents

Again I think the parents should have to pay. That way when they finish beating the crap out of these kids it may stir them in the right direction. Its sad what parents have to go through with these bratty kids

corgimom
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corgimom 06/25/10 - 08:43 pm
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"after all, they're just

"after all, they're just stupid adolescents who did something like many stupid kids do"

No, the vast majority of teenagers do NOT do things like this. Did you do $50,000 worth of vandalism when you were a teenager?

Those are deeply troubled kids.

Nobody talked about being "overly harsh" with those 2 kids who broke all those windows in a school a few months ago- remember that?

angeleyes
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angeleyes 06/25/10 - 08:56 pm
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deeply troubled kids my foot.

deeply troubled kids my foot. try bad,aweful and crazy kids. and what happened at copeland was stupid as well. there is nothing wrong with these kids except they are BAD!!!!! they need a good tail beating thats all. let them spend the rest of their summer cleaning up what they messed up. stupid brats

fred1
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fred1 06/25/10 - 09:16 pm
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Hell, just make them and

Hell, just make them and their parents pay the $50,000 in damages plus 20% for the trouble they have caused the school. That'll teach them and the parents that didn't teach them right from wrong in the first place.

ghsfrshmn
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ghsfrshmn 06/26/10 - 03:09 am
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their names can't be released

their names can't be released due to age, yet a picture of them entering the courthouse can be published? that makes a lot of sense.

luckie
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luckie 06/27/10 - 08:07 am
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I bet the Hephzibah parent

I bet the Hephzibah parent tries to blame the Martinez parent for not properly supervising the children why they were in her watch. I have seen it happen before!

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 06/27/10 - 11:03 am
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from momma mia, "Prep

from momma mia, "Prep students would know better than to destroy property that isn't theirs and to act in such a disrespectful manner. "

Why, because they attend Prep? Parental income is no indicator of how well a teenager will behave. It does, however, determine the amount of trouble that goes on a kid's record (criminal or school).

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